DHL opens new Hanoi office to capitalize on growth
By Nguyen Hoang - The Saigon Times Daily
HANOI, HCMC - DHL Global Forwarding on Monday opened a new office in Hanoi to support and sustain its continuing business growth and services in Vietnam in connection with other nations in Asia.
The global logistics company DHL said that the office in Vietnam’s capital city would operate as a control tower for DHL’s newest range of fast overland freight services linking China and Southeast Asia with Vietnam as a vital hub.
Amadou Diallo, DHL Global Forwarding chief executive officer for Africa and South Asia Pacific, named Vietnam’s projected gross domestic product (GDP) growth of at least 6% for this year and higher for next year as one of the reasons behind the US$300,000 operation in a statement released on the occasion of the office opening.
“Vietnam is a standout economy for DHL in Southeast Asia,” Diallo said and also explained why the new office opened in Hanoi.
“Hanoi itself is undergoing a transformation in terms of infrastructure and economic activity. The challenge for DHL is to provide our fast-growing clients here with cost-effective services that allow them to take advantage of Vietnam’s hub location, its new logistics capabilities and booming domestic market at rates that keep their products competitive.”
Sam Ang, DHL Global Forwarding chief executive officer for Southeast Asia, said the new operation would enable the company to employ and house the logistics experts in need to support the growth of key customers sectors in Hanoi.
“DHL Global Forwarding’s new operation in Hanoi allows us to enhance our service offering from a location where many of our customers are based with convenient access to airport, seaport, nearby provinces and downtown,” Ang said.
According to DHL Global Forwarding, more foreign direct investment is flowing into Hanoi and neighboring northern provinces of Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, with more than 200 new projects worth US$3.3 billion secured in the first nine months of 2011.
DHL Global Forwarding has offices in HCMC, Hanoi and the northern province of Bac Ninh. The new office in Hanoi will serve as DHL Global Forwarding’s headquarters for its cross border road freight and customs brokerage services in Northern Vietnam as well.
Clement Blanc, country manager of DHL Global Forwarding Vietnam, said future plans included an office in the southern city of Vung Tau to back Vietnam’s developing oil and energy sector, and facilities in the central city of Danang and the northern port city of Haiphong.
“DHL Global Forwarding will have the complete coverage needed to serve our customers effectively across Vietnam with these new offices planned for the first half of 2012,” Blanc said.
DHL began operations in Vietnam in 1988 and currently employs close to 1,000 staff to service over 7,000 customers.
More than three months ago, DHL announced more than US$1 million in expanding its express and logistics network in southern Vietnam following completion of US$14 million investment commitment via a joint venture DHL-VNPT Express in this country.
The US$1-million investment is for a new depot able to process an estimated 80,000 shipments a year in the southern province of Long An. In previous years, DHL Express invested US$14 million in airside facilities, service centers and fleet expansion.
Last year, DHL-VNPT Express inaugurated a US$5-million HCMC gateway at Tan Son Nhat Airport as part of the company’s investment commitment to Vietnam’s express and logistics market.